3 books I would like my kid to read
I am averse to the idea of marriage but would definitely like to have kids. So while to talking to a friend the other day about books & stuff was just thinking:
“As someone who used to read a lot earlier,what are the books which have impacted me?meant something to me? more importantly what are the books I would like to leave for my kids as a memory of my childhood.”
The names which come to my mind are surprisingly… the ultimate clichés,to be found on a lot of ‘lists’ & deservedly so.
1. Godfather : More than a mafia book it was a book on certain values & beliefs –friendship,commitment,honour,revenge & self belief. A treatise on life defined in the criminal world. Some of my favourite quotes:
“Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.”
“…if I can die saying, “Life is so beautiful,” then nothing else is important.If I can believe in myself that much , nothing else matters.”
“Don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell.”
2. Love Story: Why do I like this? Well…..it had almost the perfect girl!
Favourite quotes? Nothing I can think of offhand but basically I liked the character sketch , the conversation between the two & the hope that women like this do exist.
3. Fountainhead (or even Atlas Shrugged): The first time I read this book in 8th standard I genuinely disliked it.Thick,philosophical with frequent long speeches & worse the hero at times seemed the bad guy & the villain the good.
Reread it in 11th & this time I loved it. The book of course hadn’t changed but I could now understand & appreciate what the author was trying to say & with every subsequent read the appreciation has just grown. A few of my favourite quotes
“Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven. But not those who lack the courage of their own greatness.
Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves… Love is our response to our highest values -and can be nothing else.”
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life,with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute
I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.”
Tare many others like Freedom at Mindnight,some of Leon Uris or even PG Woodehouse etc which I have liked, adored & had fun reading but these certainly are the lessons I would like to pass on